The Israel-New Zealand Working Holiday Scheme (WHS), was launched in November 2011, it offers 200 places to New Zealanders to stay and work in Israel for up to 12 months. It’s part of an agreement between the Israeli and New Zealand governments that aims to give young people from both our countries the opportunity to experience a new culture.
Israel boasts a youthful culture! Because there are so many things for a young Kiwi visitor to do in Israel—such as enjoy the great outdoors, classic historical sites, and vibrant city life of sun-baked Tel Aviv—the Government of Israel has decided to offer a limited number of young New Zealand visitors the chance to extend their trip with a working holiday visa.
The main assumption of the scheme is that participants in Israel must be there on holiday, with work being a secondary intention to their visit. Holders of WHS visa may, however, work for up to three months at any one place during their visit.
The other main requirements are listed below:
- Have a New Zealand passport valid for at least 18 months from the visa’s date of issue.
- Be aged 18-30 (inclusive).
- Not be accompanied by children.
- Hold a return-ticket from Israel.
- Have a minimum of NZ$3,000 in available funds to meet your living costs while in Israel.
- Have a medical certificate from a GP showing that you have an acceptable standard of health—which is to say, you are not sick with infectious or chronic diseases (such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, syphilis, gonorrhea or HIV) that can be a danger to public health or impose significant demands on Israel’s health services.
- Have a police clearance certificate from every country you have been in for 12 months or longer during the past five years.
- Have proof of comprehensive medical insurance for the length of your stay.
- Have not held an Israeli Working Visa in the past.
How to apply
1. Provide the following documentation:
a. Fill in and sign the form “Application for entry visa to Israel” (Click here to download).
b. Two updated passport photo (5x5cm - color).
c. A copy of your return ticket to Israel.
d. A recent New Zealand bank statement.
e. Your passport.
f. A copy of your medical insurance policy.
g. A medical certificate.
h. A police-clearance certificate.
2. Pay fee charges:
a) Fee charges are $63 (NZD).
b) Pay by cash, by bringing it to the consular in person.
c) Deposited via direct or online banking to:
Account Name: Embassy of Israel
Account No: 01-0505-0439510-00
In the “Particulars” field: please write your full name.
In the “References” field: please write the word “Consular”.
NB: If using online banking, please include receipt number and payment details with your application.
The Embassy reserves the right to decline any application without refunding the application fee.
We will then send your application to Israel for authorization. This usually takes about 2 weeks.
3. Provide the consular with the correct documentation by post to:
Embassy of Israel
PO Box: 25485
NB:Please include your contact information (email address and phone number) so that our consular section can contact you.
NB:You will need to mail us by track and trace mail ONLY
4. Make an appointment for identification:
If your application is successful, you will have to come to the Embassy in person for identification, so that we will be able to issue you with a visa valid for entry for three months from the date of issue. Upon your arrival into Israel, you will be issued with a multiple-entry visa, valid for 12 months, by the Passport Control Authority.
i) You must visit during our Consular Services hours:
Monday to Friday – From 09:30am to 12:30pm
ii) You must make an appointment with the consular section by:
Tel : 04- 4399514 b. E-mail: email@example.com
iii) Follow security procedure:
- Please bring photo ID.
- Every visitor and his belongings will be required to undergo a security check.
- For security purposes, no personal objects will be allowed into the mission, including handbags, mobile phones and electronic devices.
- Do not bring large handbags or suitcases to the mission.
- Do not bring food and/or beverage bottles or containers.
- The mission’s security directives apply to people in the consular waiting room.
- The instructions of the security staff must be obeyed at all times.